‘Elf’ showing to benefit youth leadership

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Nov. 24, 2017

He passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gumdrops, and back onto the silver screen.

The modern Christmas classic “Elf” returns to the Clayton Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the movie at 7 p.m.

The 2003 comedy stars Will Ferrell as “Buddy the Elf,” a human raised at Santa’s North Pole workshop, who travels to New York City to find his biological father.

Hosted by Southern Sussex Rotary, the event is a fundraiser for the Jackie Pavik Memorial RYLA Scholarship.

“It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season and support the youth of our community,” said Rotarian Christine McCoy.

In addition to the film showing, the event includes chance auctions, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets cost $10, and proceeds will help the Rotary send local students to an annual leadership seminar and retreat, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in Ocean City, Md.

“It teaches them about community service and leadership in their community, [how] one person can make a difference in their community,” McCoy said.

The students attending the seminar perform service projects, hear from guest speakers and discuss current social issues. In groups, they brainstorm and develop in-depth community service projects that they could pursue at their own high schools. This year, the Rotary is sponsoring the new EnviroAct student group at Indian River High School, a service club with a focus on ecological issues.

More than a dozen high school juniors have attended RYLA in the past, thanks in part to the Jackie Pavik Memorial RYLA Scholarship. The fund was named for a Dagsboro teenager who died in a car collision in 2012, just days before beginning 12th grade.

“She was our very first RYLA attendee from our club,” McCoy said.

The Rotary is building an endowment fund to continue sponsoring local students in the long-term.

The Clayton Theatre is located at 33246 Main Street, Dagsboro.

Event details are online at www.facebook.com/events/466698980373674 and www.theclaytontheatre.com.